Selectivity

Associates were asked to rate their firm on a 1-to-10 scale for each of several quality of life categories. The firm's score in each quality of life category is simply the average of the scores its associates gave in that area. It is important to note that those firms without a high enough aggregate of associates completing the survey were ineligible to appear in these rankings.

 See Methodology

Top Ranked

2013 Rank 2012 Rank Change Company Score Location
1 1 Williams & Connolly LLP 9.851 Washington, DC
2 3 Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP 9.810 Los Angeles, CA
3 2 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 9.586 New York, NY
4 12 Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP 9.420 Los Angeles, CA
5 4 Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP 9.415 New York, NY
6 6 Covington & Burling LLP 9.255 Washington, DC
7 5 Irell & Manella LLP 9.222 Los Angeles, CA
8 9 Davis Polk & Wardwell 9.189 New York, NY
9 13 Ropes & Gray LLP 9.157 Boston, MA
10 7 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 9.148 New York, NY
11 8 Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP 9.097 New York, NY
12 11 Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 9.086 New York, NY
13 10 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates 8.986 New York, NY
14 15 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP 8.898 New York, NY
15 21 Kirkland & Ellis LLP 8.872 Chicago, IL
16 16 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP 8.829 New York, NY
17 14 Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 8.770 New York, NY
18 20 Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP 8.750 Los Angeles, CA
19 17 WilmerHale 8.720 Washington, DC
20 NR Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC 8.718 Memphis, TN
21 NR Sidley Austin LLP 8.657 Chicago, IL
22 NR Fish & Richardson P.C. 8.646 Boston, MA
23 24 Latham & Watkins LLP 8.636 New York, NY
24 19 Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP 8.605 New York, NY
25 18 Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 8.580 New York, NY